You're inspired by Jake McVey's songs and his presence.
With every phrase you share the passion of his words and his dedication to the music. The clarity of his soulful Midwestern vocals and his optimistic point of view come to life for everyone, from the first seat in the house to the scalper in the parking lot.
Jake McVey's intensity lives through his commitment to his art -- from the guitars that he designs and builds for himself, to the professionals who perform live with him, and on his recently released CD, "Unknown Highway," which has already sold over 5,000 copies and downloads.
Along with his fans, critics have recognized his spirit, as Jake has been winning over hearts and souls in every performance. He has been named to the "Top 10 Touring Acts" chosen by Billboard Magazine. His is called "A Must-See Act" By Taxi. In 2005, Jake was nominated by the Illinois Country Music Association for "New Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Lead Guitarist of the Year." In the fall of 2005, "Entertainer of the Year" McVey and his band won in the first round of Colgate Country Showdown.
Besides these accolades, Jake has won a faithful following while opening for countless performers, including Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Sugarland, Exile, Keith Anderson, Jason Aldean, .38 Special, Heartland, Mark Chesnutt, Little Big Town, and others.
Jake McVey brings together a technically-trained background with a dynamic singing voice.
Performing professionally for the past six years, 27-year-old McVey brings together the best of old country with new dynamics. He has written over 200 songs in this style. Touring over 300 shows with his band in 2007, all across the United States, he has arrived on the Nashville scene, with cuts released to radio stations across the country.
Jake's first album, "Unknown Highway," produced by J. Gary Smith, features Spady Brannan on Bass Guitar, Jimmy Nichols on Keyboards, Tammy King on Fiddle and Mando, Dennis Holt on Drums and percussion, Steve Hinson on Steel Guitar, J.T. Corenflos on Lead Guitar, and Michael Spriggs on Acoustic Guitar.
Today Jake is busy putting the finishing touches on yet another album, even while traveling from show to show and flying to Nashville. He will again be singing lead vocals and playing lead guitar.
About the new album -- again, being produced by J. Gary Smith -- Jake says, "Be prepared to hear a more refined artist. This album is a fun, upbeat, positive collection of songs." With session leader Spady Brannan and the best of session performers, Jake's latest work will add a fresh accent to the major country market. With his heart and soul invested, Jake's new work will knock down doors and stake a claim for him in the major country scene. This album will move you.
Jake McVey is in a category of his own. With high energy performances and crowd involvement, this is an entertainer who stands out from the rest. This is a man who lives and performs by the words of his album's inspiring title song, "Follow your heart, don't be afraid of that unknown highway. The good Lord will help you help yourself and give it your best try. It's all up to you which road you choose, so follow your heart . . . ."